The term to describe a loss in appetite or the inability of a dog to eat is anorexia. However, there can be any causes that are easily identifiable, explainable and raise no cause for concern. As a dog owner, you now just how much they love to eat anything and everything. This is why a sudden loss of appetite can initially be concerning. After all, you're probably dedicated to keeping your furry friend as happy and healthy as possible, so monitoring their appetite and eating habits would be no different.
Take a Look at Recent Changes
This should be your first step in identifying a possible issue with your dog's appetite. Try to analyze the past 24-48 hours in an attempt to identify other symptoms or causes. For example, did you see an overturned trash can yesterday that might be the cause of your dog's full tummy? Or, did they recently begin eating a new brand of dog food they might be adjusting to?
Try to take a look at your dog's stools and overall attitude and energy level to gauge if there's something deeper going on. However, when a dog is going to improve on his own, owners can usually note a difference within 24-28 hours. If the loss of appetite continues after that, give your vet a call and be sure to explain any other symptoms you have noticed.
Behavioral Reasons Your Dog Isn't Eating
Like humans, dogs go through emotional ups and downs that can lead to a loss in appetite. These issues are usually less severe than an underlying medical reason, but will still need to be addressed. Most of the time, a loss in appetite is caused by stress brought on by rehoming a dog, whether it is due to a change in owners or a recent adoption from the shelter. However, stress that leads to anorexia can be caused by other factors such as a new addition to the family, a major changed in the household in general, a recent trip to the kennel, or a significant change in their daily routine.
If you believe that stress or a related behavioral issue such as picky eating is the cause to a recent loss in appetite, it is suggested to wait a day or two as most dogs will readjust after this time period. If the problem persists for longer, then it could be another underlying issue.
Medical Reasons Your Dog Won't Eat
This one is a little harder to identify unless you've witnessed specific symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or very loose stools. However, dog anorexia can be caused by health conditions such as digestive problems, bacterial infections in the stomach, constipation, worms, pain related to an injury, or other issues.
It is important to note that if your dog has just received a vaccination, started a new daily medicine, or had a medical surgery they might likely lose their appetite. However, this should only last for around 24 hours and you should contact a veterinarian if the symptoms continue past that time period.
Loss of Appetite Can Be Solved
If your furry best friend has lost their appetite, it's important not to worry. Monitor their behavior and make note of any unusual changes in the instance that you have to speak to a veterinarian. Make sure your dog is comfortable and receiving enough water to stay hydrated. Most causes of a loss of appetite in canines can be solved easily, and the more severe cases that require medical attention aren't anything to stress too much about either.